14 Jan, 2020

Target's Keane Barry overcame defending champion Leighton Bennett to win the BDO Boys World Championship final at the [email protected] with a superb display.

Having been crowned World Youth Master and JDC World Champion in 2019, "Dynamite" added another title to his growing haul in a rapid, high quality contest with "Boom Boom".

Having taken the first set 3-1, 17 year old Barry from County Meath in Ireland saw his opponent hit a superb 149 finish to carve-out an opportunity to level the match, but misses at double allowed the Irish youngster to establish a two set lead.

The third set also went to a decider, and when Bennett (who is still only 14) missed a dart at tops for another stunning checkout of 142, Barry pinned the winning double to seal a 3-0 sets victory.

"It's amazing to win this and especially to beat such an amazing player in the final" said Keane; "to even get the chance to go up and play against Leighton [was great].

"Leighton has the next few years ahead of him and I think he'll win it for the next three years. He's such a great talent, and for us to go up there and both show what we can do was amazing."

"It wasn't a three-nil game, but I just took my chances at the right times. The youth game's going through the roof and there are players coming up now that you don't know where there'll be in a few years time."

The success of both Keane and Leighton is a testimony not only to their talents, but also to Target's Elite 1 training programme which includes exclusive access to mentoring by BDO legend Darryl Fitton. In the 2 years Elite 1 has been set up, all 4 Youth World finalists have been members - Leighton Bennet, Nathan Girvan and Kean Barry. The BDO World Youth Championships is just one glowing example of the initiative achieving what it is set up to do - to discover and develop the next generation of dart professionals.

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